Spooky, scary and spectacular fun is easy to come by this time of year in New York City – and we should know: Hotel Penn is located near some of NYC’s favorite Halloween locales, ranging from haunted landmarks to witchy watering holes. Whether you’re thirsting for your horror movie fix or looking to show off the captivating costume you’ve been perfecting, our neighborhood will have virtually anything you’re looking for. Halloween events, parades, bars and more are all close by. Here are some of the most promising NYC Halloween 2015 highlights we’ve found so far.
The Village Halloween Parade is, of course, the banner event for Halloween in NYC. Advertising no less than a total takeover consisting of 53 bands and thousands of dressed-up New Yorkers, the parade takes off on 6th Avenue at Canal Street between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on October 31. This year’s theme is “Shine a Light,” so if you’re up for some excitement, grab your costume and join the fun.
For the canine companions of the brave souls who make the Village Halloween Parade what it is, there’s the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, putting human costumes to shame and showering showman-like pups with $4,000 worth of prizes. Be warned, prospective dog-parents: as this event serves primarily as a charitable cause, this event always hosts rescue organizations, with all the irresistible adoptable dogs that implies.
If you’re seeking an historic outlet for your haunted-house fix, you can do no better than the Merchant’s House Museum. Open to the public as a museum since the 1930s, Merchant’s House has been the regular locus of paranormal activity, reported by staff, visitors, and neighbors. A 50-minute candlelight ghost tour will guide you through the murky past of the house, home of the Tredwell family, so that you can decide whether or not these reports have merit.
Selected by critics as one of the most haunted places in New York City, The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern has both the pedigree and the aesthetics to back up that claim. As one of the oldest bars in New York, Fraunces Tavern’s link to American history is as intriguing as its olden-days décor.
As far as Halloween parties go, it’s safe to say you can be your spookiest self at the Dark Disco soiree. Hosted every year by Tiki Disco, this will be a special Halloween edition of the group’s usual offerings. There’s also the Freedom Party NYC, boasting the city’s most essential monster mashes.
The NYC Horror Film Festival is a beacon for the most lurid minds out there. Whatever your tastes – from B-horror to arthouse splendor – the lineup is bound to satisfy all horror cravings for indie luminaries and newcomers to the genre alike.
These are by no means the only Halloween events in NYC. Check out some comprehensive guides to Halloween fun in Manhattan, and discover how you’ll make your most eerie experiences last forever.
23 Oct 2015